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Crock Pot Refried Beans

January 23, 2016 (Last Updated: March 10, 2019)

Refried beans made in a crock pot.  Lots of flavor and no fat!

Crock Pot Refried Beans

I love, love, love these crock pot refried beans!  They are so tasty….so easy…. and they aren’t from a can!

Canned refried beans don’t have a lot of extra or strange ingredients in them, but anytime I make something myself, I just know exactly how it has been handled and the quality of the ingredients I use.  Plus homemade refried beans are much cheaper than buying the cans from the grocery store.

Crock Pot Refried Beans are perfect for dinner

I’ve made these refried beans several times and I think I’ve finally nailed the technique.  Even though these are called refried beans, they aren’t really refried.  I know traditionally that is how they got their name, but not necessary here.  Once the beans are cook through, you have them mash them up!  Lots of fun, right?

Since we also need to keep the onion, garlic, and peppers in the beans, pureeing the mixture actually works better.  I’ve used all types of modern conveniences:  an immersion blender, regular blender, and a food processor.

The blenders work well, but my biggest problem is too much liquid.  And too much liquid = runny beans.  Now I don’t like my beans as thick as they come out of the can, but I would like them hold their shape on a chip or not run straight out of a burrito.

The food processor has become my best friend for these beans.  I simply scoop the beans, onions, garlic and peppers out of the crock pot with a slotted spoon and pile it into the food processor.  A bit of the liquid gets transferred with each spoonful.  Then simply pulse until blended!

If it is too dry you can scoop a bit more liquid.  I do this in several batches and then place huge bowl.  It is okay to leave a few beans whole or just partially mashed.  Once they are all mashed up, I add salt and then divvy up the beans into small containers and throw them in the freezer for weeknight dinners.

Huge bowl of refried beans

When I make these, I usually make the biggest batch that will fit into my crock pot.  For me, that’s a two pound package of  pinto beans.  My recipe below is for one pound of pinto beans.  Not everyone has a huge crock pot.

Crock Pot Refried Beans with tortillas

Another dried bean recipe to try is Instant Pot Black Beans.

5 from 5 votes
Crock Pot Refried Beans
Crock Pot Refried Beans
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
6 hrs
Total Time
6 hrs 5 mins
 
Refried beans made in the crock pot. Can be portioned and frozen for quick dinners.
Course: Side Dish, Vegetable
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: beans, crock pot, Mexican beans, refried beans
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 132 kcal
Author: Kathy
Ingredients
  • 1 pound dried pinto beans
  • 1 whole onion skin remove and halved
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 whole jalapeno pepper stem and seeds removed
  • 2 teaspoons salt
Instructions
  1. Put beans in a crock pot.
  2. Cover with water. Water level should be about 3 inches above top of beans.
  3. Add onion, garlic, and peppers.
  4. Cook on high for 6 hours until beans are cooked through.
  5. Using a slotted spoon, transfer mixture to a food processor. Pulse until smooth. You will need to do several batches of this step.
  6. Add salt to taste.
Recipe Notes

Recipe can be doubled, depending on size of crock pot.
Anaheim peppers can be substituted for jalapenos.
If you like spicier beans, leave seeds in peppers.

Nutrition Facts
Crock Pot Refried Beans
Amount Per Serving
Calories 132
% Daily Value*
Sodium 392mg 16%
Potassium 530mg 15%
Total Carbohydrates 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin C 3.4%
Calcium 4.5%
Iron 10.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Crock Pot Refried Beans

Adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

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25 Comments

  • Reply
    lisi
    February 13, 2016 at 10:10 am


    Hey, I made these and they were pretty good! they really did have that refried bean taste without being fried (obviously). I ate them throughout the week. I’m probably making them again this weekend.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      February 13, 2016 at 11:54 am

      Wonderful! I’m so glad you like them! I make them often…we seem to eat a lot of refried beans!

  • Reply
    ramona @ the merchant baker
    February 2, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    I never thought of making my own refried beans. I love that it’s a crock pot deal with no worries about an overnight soak. Can’t wait to try them. We all love refried beans in this house!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      February 2, 2016 at 7:09 pm

      They are easy and very delicious! I hope you give them a try!

  • Reply
    Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    January 27, 2016 at 3:57 am

    Oh! I am so embarrassed to confess that I have not tried refired beans yet. But this looks so good, and I need to make it asap! Lovely share, Kathy! 🙂

    • Reply
      Kathy
      January 27, 2016 at 5:15 am

      It’s not too late to give them a try!

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